Loch Lomond 18 Yr Single Malt Scotch
The Loch Lomond 18 is definitely a cracking whisky to have if you’re looking for a bit of an all-rounder. There’s oak, sweet and peat notes all packed carefully together. This is a scotch where age has played its role and the price tag is pretty good given it has had 18 years in the barrel. Overall, a great addition to the whisky cabinet.
After a subtle start, this Highland whisky shows its cards when you taste it. The 18 years spent in the American Oak casks has led a to refined, smooth and rich flavour consisting of sweet fruits. There’s the apple characteristics from the nose in the taste too but there’s a grape-like sweetness to this as well which might make you think sherry casks played a role somewhere in the maturation but this is not stated anywhere. Along with this sweetness, you get a little element of vanilla which you would associate American Oak casks with and you get some of the oakiness itself but it’s not too prominent, as some claim.